The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is still six months away, and the lineup announcement is still (probably) three months away. The announcement of the lineup is always highly anticipated for music geeks all over Southern California, and I find myself already excited and ready to speculate on possible headliners. Every year the rumors run rampant, ranging from the likely to the impossible to the absurd. Here are some acts I’d like to see at the top of the poster, separated into categories of likelihood:
GROUP 1: POSSIBLE
Bowie is rumored literally every year in the buildup to Coachella. He still puts on a great show and would certainly fit in with the Coachella tradition of big name headliners. How much draw does Bowie have at this point though? I’d pay extra if he did the entire show as Ziggy Stardust.
Stevie never comes up in rumors but I think he’d be welcomed by the young hipsters of SoCal, or at least the ones that can forgive him for the cheese he produced later in his career. Hell I think Stevie would put asses in the seats even if he pulled a Roger Waters and just did one of his albums all the way through (Innervisions? Songs in the Key of Life?)
I’m actually seeing Neil Young next month. He’s still making music and touring and is worthy of a headlining spot. Get Crazy Horse and head to the desert!
Another legendary rock band that still tours despite their old ages and loss of members. Probably a long shot, but would still be amazing. Pete Townsend is probably too old to slide around on his knees though. At least without breaking them.
Gotta get these guys before they break up for good. This is the perfect choice for a Coachella headliner. Who doesn’t like Outkast?
GROUP 2: ALREADY HEADLINED, BUT WELCOME BACK
I’m well aware of my bias.
Gorillaz and The Good the Bad and the Queen are solid projects but Blur’s last album, “Think Tank”, is a masterpiece.
I’ve never seen them live but they’ve made some classic albums. It’s a good venue for them and all they need is a new album to promote.
GROUP 3: LONG SHOTS
Rumors were that Zeppelin was going to be planning a world tour until last week when Robert Plant denied them forcefully. This just isn’t going to happen, which is a shame since their comeback concert in England last year drew rave reviews.
A dream of mine. She has apparently been planning a comeback for some time and already has new songs. This would be pretty big news for Coachella and would be a major draw. I’d be very pleased. It’s too bad her and Wyclef hate each other now, as a Fugees reunion would be great as well.
The Velvet Underground
Why not? Lou Reed and John Cale played together a few years back at the induction ceremony for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Ah who am I kidding.
GROUP 4: THERE IS NO CHANCE OF THIS HAPPENING
Neutral Milk Hotel
Coachella is probably the only major festival that Neutral Milk could headline, but it would be the perfect place for his comeback (assuming he one day wants to have one). The massively influential Jeff Mangum would be a major coup for the indie festival that books acts every year that no doubt owe a debt to NMH.
I purposefully posted a picture of Michael back when he was human. I’m not so sure people can get past his ghoulish appearance at this point. Still, I would love to see if Michael has one more great performance in him. Come on Mike, don’t let us remember you for looking like a dead white woman who rapes kids.
Logistically this doesn’t make much sense.
The Rolling Stones
Coachella can’t afford them.
Coachella can’t afford them.
This would be cool and I think they could do it even though Easy E is dead. Dr. Dre and Cube are still around. If you could pull Dre away from designing overpriced headphones and Ice Cube from making “Are We There Yet 4: The Legend of Curly’s Gold” it could be a good show. Maybe have Snoop fill in for Easy?
There’s my list. Who do YOU want to see headline?